Kindergarten Worksheets > Holiday Themes > Valentine's Day theme
Valentine’s Day is a delightful holiday for several reasons. It gives children a chance to appreciate others and show that they care while they receive messages of friendship and love as well. Also, the holiday symbols of candy, hearts, and adorable cupids are particularly exciting and fun for young children. The following Valentine’s Day worksheets will provide an enjoyable way to spend some time indoors with your child while helping him hone some important school-readiness skills.
The fun of Valentine's Day worksheets
Valentine’s Day is a perennial favorite of adults and young children, alike. It is a great excuse to take time from our busy lives to show our love and appreciation for the people in our lives. Particularly for young children, Valentine’s Day is a nice time to celebrate friendship and love within a family.
I always like to find ways to incorporate learning into everyday activities, and Valentine’s Day worksheets are the perfect way to harness your child’s excitement.
Tips for using these Valentine's Day worksheets
The tracing words worksheets are a great way to introduce your child to the words he will likely see on valentines that he receives. After your child traces each word, he may be able to guess what it says by referring to the illustration on that line. Of course, read the word to him if he is not sure what it says. Then ask him to repeat the word as he points to it. After your child traces and reads each word, say a sentence using the word and ask your child to do the same thing. As you (and he) say the word he traced, he can point to it once again.
The identical pictures worksheet will ask your child to notice subtle differences in the Valentine’s Day illustrations. First, look at the pictures with your child and ask him why he thinks each one was added to a Valentine’s Day page. Discussing some of the details on each illustration will prompt him to look carefully at each picture. Finally, ask your child to identify the picture that is different from the others in the row and explain to you what he sees. Of course, he should then draw a circle around the picture that is not like the other three in the row.
Show your child the Valentine’s Day sight words and ask him to pick out those that he knows. He may remember some words from the word tracing activity, or he may be familiar with words that he has seen before, such as love. Read each new word to your child and let him choose two or three new words at a time to learn. Show your child each card, ask him to say the word (or repeat the word after you) and place the card face-down on a table. After he has seen two or three words, he can flip individual cards over and read them. Slowly, he will continue to learn these new words and add them to his sight vocabulary. Another fun way to reinforce sight word knowledge is by playing a game with the sight word cards. Make two copies of each sight word and place 7 or 8 pairs of words in a random pile face-down on the table. Players can pick 4 or 5 cards for themselves. Next, each player picks a card from the opponent’s hand and tries to match it to a card in his hand. If he makes a match and reads the word correctly, he removes those cards from his hand. The person who makes the most matches in 10 turns wins the game.
Your child will have a chance to practice his listening skills with the worksheet for following directions. You or your child should cut out all of the pictures at the bottom of the sheet before you begin reading the directions. After your child has correctly placed the pictures in the appropriate boxes, he may paste them on the page.
Matching letters and sounds can be a challenging phonemic awareness activity for young children. First, ask your child to point to each letter, say its name and then say its sound. Next, identify each illustration for your child, as naming the pictures correctly is important when listening for beginning sounds. For example, if your child calls the “valentine” a “card,” he will not find a match for the letter V.
Phonemic awareness skills are also strengthened with the worksheets that ask children to identify syllables in words. On these sheets, your child can name the pictures as he wishes and clap for each syllable as he says the word aloud. Using the example above, your child could clap once for the word “card” if that is what he calls the valentine. To extend this learning, you might think of additional words associated with Valentine’s Day and ask your child to clap for each syllable as he repeats each new word.
Additional activities to supplement the Valentine’s Day worksheets
The fun and the learning can continue with these simple activities:
- Using the words on one of the Valentine’s Day tracing worksheet as a guide, ask your child to try to spot these words on store windows or displays.
- Tear out large newspaper or magazine ads for Valentine’s Day. Cover the paper with thin white paper or tracing paper and ask your child to trace over holiday words or pictures, such as hearts or cupids.
- Show your child a collection of valentines and ask him to order the cards from the smallest to the largest.
- Ask your child to help you decorate your house for Valentine’s Day. Use positional words including over, under or next to when telling him where to place a decoration.
- Paste some pictures such as a valentine, heart and candy on separate pieces of paper. Then ask your child to look through colorful magazines and cut out other pictures that start with the same sound.
- Using the three letters on this worksheet, ask your child to think of other words that start with the same sound as each letter. Count how many words he generates for each letter to see which letter has the most.
- Write down names of family members and friends who gave your child a valentine. Ask him to say each name and clap on each syllable.
- Read a Valentine’s Day card to your child. Ask him to count the syllables for each word in the sentence on the card.